Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov sees relations with the United States on the verge of breaking down due to the Ukraine war. “Yesterday the US ambassador was handed a note of protest saying that relations are on the verge of breaking down,” Ryabkov said in Moscow on Tuesday, according to the Interfax agency.
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At the same time, he set conditions for the continuation of the talks between Moscow and Washington: the United States must stop its escalation, verbally and by supplying weapons to Ukraine. “You must stop threatening Russia,” the deputy minister said.
In response to criticism from US President Joe Biden of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry presented US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan with a note of protest on Monday.
Referring to Russia’s war against Ukraine, Biden had described Putin first as a “war criminal” and then as a “murderous dictator.” “Such statements by the President of the United States, unworthy of such a high-ranking statesman, are bringing Russian-American relations to the brink of collapse,” the State Department said in a statement in Moscow on Monday.
Washington was also warned that “hostile acts against Russia will be firmly and resolutely rejected.”
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Biden said in Washington last Thursday that Putin was a “murderous dictator, a pure criminal who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine.” The Kremlin immediately criticized Biden’s choice of words as “unacceptable and inexcusable.” (dpa, afp)